Holtby makes 36 saves, Canucks top Senators to sweep three-game series


VANCOUVERBrock Boeser scored two goals and an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks swept a three-game set against the Ottawa Senators with a 4-1 win at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

Elias Pettersson had a goal and two assists and Braden Holtby made 36 saves and had an assist for the Canucks (5-5-0). Vancouver had lost five of the previous six games before outscoring the Senators 16-3 to win three straight for the first time this season.

Thomas Chabot scored and Matt Murray made 21 saves for the Senators (1-6-1), who are 0-6-1 since winning their season opener.

Boeser put the Canucks ahead 1-0 on the power play at 5:30 of the first period, carrying the puck from the side of the net to the top of the crease unchecked before spinning and shooting it back the other way past Murray’s blocker.

Pettersson made it 2-0 on a 3-on-2 at 10:49 after Boeser’s shot off a cross-ice Hughes pass was blocked. 

The puck bounced to Pettersson atop the crease and he chipped it over Murray. 

Boeser made it 3-0 at 4:32 of the second period on a 3-on-2 that started with a Holtby stretch pass as the Senators changed lines. Boeser’s wrist shot from the right face-off circle went in under the blocker, giving the Canucks forward eight goals in six career games against Murray. 

Chabot scored on a nice individual rush, cutting around Hughes to the net and tucking the puck under Holtby’s right pad in tight to make it 3-1 at 14:15. 

Holtby stopped Connor Brown on a shorthanded breakaway with eight seconds left in the second period, and Tanner Pearson banked his own rebound in off Murray from the goal line 1:47 into the third for the 4-1 final.

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